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Drugs and Culture
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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
by Johann Hari
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"A compassionate and humane argument to overturn draconian drug policies." Kirkus... (read more)

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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
by Jeff Hobbs
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This could be a Hallmark-movie tearjerker of a book, but Hobbs is far too talented and self-aware for that. What he delivers instead is a harrowing elegy and an eye-opening examination of inner-city boyhood and the troubling, much too simplistic way we equate success with escape.
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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
by Jeff Hobbs
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A heartfelt, and riveting biography of the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streetsand#8212;and of oneand#8217;s own natureand#8212;when he... (read more)

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Popular Culture
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I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
by Chuck Klosterman
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One-of-a-kind cultural critic and New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman “offers up great facts, interesting cultural insights, and thought-provoking moral calculations in this look at our love affair with the anti-hero” (New York... (read more)

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Military Industrial Complex and National Security
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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
by Eric Schlosser
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A myth-shattering exposé of Americas nuclear weapons Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of Americas nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary... (read more)

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Economy
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Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality
Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality
by David Cay Johnston
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The issue of inequality has irrefutably returned to the fore, riding on the anger against Wall Street following the 2008 financial crisis and the concentration of economic and political power in the hands of the super–rich. The Occupy movement made... (read more)

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Politics
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A Fighting Chance
A Fighting Chance
by Elizabeth Warren
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An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works—and really doesnt As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an... (read more)

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Families
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There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
by Alex Kotlowitz
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Locked Case
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Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible
Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible
by Jorge Cervantes
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Featuring information by more than 300 contributors--a veritable "whos who" of cannabis cultivation--this is the most complete book on the subject available. New greenhouse and outdoor growing chapters make the book one that both indoor and outdoor... (read more)

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Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists
Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists
by A. V. Club
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The Onion can do little wrong, in my eyes, and this hilarious collection of pop-culture lists from the writers of the A. V. Club proves it once again. This book is perfect for anyone with a sense of humor who's ingested any pop culture in the last 30... (read more)

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War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
by Chris Hedges
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"The title might give the impression that this book would be at home on Patton's shelf, but a glance at the chapter headings shows the book's true heart and mind: 'The Myth of War,' 'The Plague of Nationalism,' 'The Highjacking and Recovery of Memory... (read more)

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